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Dani Lancing was a sweet child, full of questions and curiosity as children are She was exceptionally close to her father, Jim, and as she grew older, that closeness was such that her mother, Patty, felt shut out on occasion, often feeling a twinge of jealously Dani felt the tension which was developing between her Mum and herself, and was powerless to cross the void But she could tell her Dad anything, even sometimes things he didn t want to know.When Dani left home to start college, she lov Dani Lancing was a sweet child, full of questions and curiosity as children are She was exceptionally close to her father, Jim, and as she grew older, that closeness was such that her mother, Patty, felt shut out on occasion, often feeling a twinge of jealously Dani felt the tension which was developing between her Mum and herself, and was powerless to cross the void But she could tell her Dad anything, even sometimes things he didn t want to know.When Dani left home to start college, she loved the independence which she found, living in an apartment with a girlfriend, having no need to be tidy, to wash dishes, all the necessary chores when she had lived at home Tom Bevans was her best friend, but Tom loved Dani his love for her was deep and unconditional, but Dani didn t love Tom like he loved her When Dani was kidnapped just after Christmas in 1989, and remained missing for three weeks before her body was found, the lives of those around her changed forever Twenty years later, with Jim and Patty s marriage having broken down, Patty lived on the adrenalin of the hunt She was determined to find Dani s killer and had been searching for twenty years she had given up her successful career in journalism to concentrate solely on her obsession Grief and guilt were her constant companions Jim was lonely alone and sad, missing Patty desperately, but missing DaniMoving on seemed not to be an option.With Tom now a detective in a position of power, and with him still close to Jim and Patty he had kept in touch with them all these years, even though the case had gone cold, and no resolution had come about when the chance of DNA matching in 2010 was presented, the passion to find Dani s killer was rekindled the need for revenge was great Patty was consumed she didn t eat, drink or sleep she was heading into dangerous places, and had no comprehension of what could go wrong As things moved forward, going deeper and deeper into the darkness, secrets which had been kept all those years ago threatened to be revealed The danger was immense would Patty find Dani s murderer, or would she be just another victim Would their nightmare never end I totally loved this book Going backward and forward between 1989 and 2010 was easy to follow, as each chapter was headed with the date, so the flow on with the story didn t stop The tension, the emotion was such that I felt completely involved in the plot the characters were completely likeable, and I really enjoyed the way the story was told The twists throughout were gripping, always keeping the pages turning to find out what happened next This psychological thriller is one I have no hesitation in recommending.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review University student Dani Lancing was raped and murdered over 20 years ago and her mother, Patty has never got over the trauma and is as determined as ever to find out who did it However, there is much she doesn t know about Dani and the last winter she spent alive While she follows her own leads, Dani s childhood friend Tom who has always loved her is now a detective who hunts down serial rapists and murderers is hoping that Dani s case will be solved using modern DNA technology What starts of University student Dani Lancing was raped and murdered over 20 years ago and her mother, Patty has never got over the trauma and is as determined as ever to find out who did it However, there is much she doesn t know about Dani and the last winter she spent alive While she follows her own leads, Dani s childhood friend Tom who has always loved her is now a detective who hunts down serial rapists and murderers is hoping that Dani s case will be solved using modern DNA technology What starts off as a case involving the murder of a missing girl, becomescomplex as Patty starts investigating the past and Tom and her husband Jim start to reveal the secrets they have kept all these years The novel switches backwards and forwards in time to the events leading up to Dani s death and the present day and keeps the tension and emotion high as we see the people left behind coping with their grief, obsession and need for revenge Definitely a gripping read with some unexpected twists and turns before the finale This started out with a really interesting beginning that began pulling me in early on, and it just got better, and better, and WOW What an ending I was immediately intrigued by what I call a unique twist that the author intertwined within the mystery, crime, suspense theme of this book I was expecting it to be just a teaser to engage and pull the reader in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the uniqueness continued throughout the entire book And, of course, the uniquely twiste This started out with a really interesting beginning that began pulling me in early on, and it just got better, and better, and WOW What an ending I was immediately intrigued by what I call a unique twist that the author intertwined within the mystery, crime, suspense theme of this book I was expecting it to be just a teaser to engage and pull the reader in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the uniqueness continued throughout the entire book And, of course, the uniquely twisted ending caught me completely by surprise And because I don t want to give away anyof what the unique twist is, I m just going to say I really loved this one You should read it I d like for publishers to make a concerted effort to stop the lazy marketing This novel has been compared to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, MEMENTO, and THE SILENT WIFE, and for good measure, we ll even toss in Tana French, Gillian Flynn, and A.S.A Harrison While this type of marketing may work in some instances, it probably failsoften than it succeeds Sure, the neon lights flash, people s expectations reach infinite proportions, and it makes for a great sound bite, but then what happens If y I d like for publishers to make a concerted effort to stop the lazy marketing This novel has been compared to BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, MEMENTO, and THE SILENT WIFE, and for good measure, we ll even toss in Tana French, Gillian Flynn, and A.S.A Harrison While this type of marketing may work in some instances, it probably failsoften than it succeeds Sure, the neon lights flash, people s expectations reach infinite proportions, and it makes for a great sound bite, but then what happens If you don t like the aforementioned authors or books, you skip right on over to the next enticing cover, and if you love those authors or books, you re bound to be met with some level of disappointment.Despite the massive consumption of drugs in THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING, this novel felt as realistic as turkey, yogurt, and apple pie Demons filled each character until the lines between good and evil were about as nebulous as a politician hitting the campaign trail with both hands No character could escape the evil staring back at him or her, and this included the long dead body of Dani Nefarious individuals piled up faster than runners at the finish line with Tom Bevans, Marcus Keyson, Jim and Patty Lancing, Duncan and Audrey Cobhurn, and Seb Merchant leading the charge with bullhorns firmly planted at their sides.Told from multiple points of view, the story slipped out of sequence with relative ease, dipping into the past the way a swimmer might dip his toes into the icy water The gimmick worked, holding the fast and loose tale in place, otherwise this story probably would have failed when held up to the microscope and examined via a petri dish But all the jumping around left me looking for solid ground, as I constantly bounced between the various time periods until I finally decided to just strap myself in and appreciate the ride.Most of the way through this novel, I sympathized with Tom and his love for Dani Like him, I d experienced unrequited love in my case it was onthan one occasion and withthan one individual only to have the entire experience shatter around me, leaving me with a broken heart and a pile of broken glass Sometimes nice guys really do finish last But I digress In the end, though, Tom wasn t as nice as I thought he was Instead, he wasof a pretender than a true contender.Without giving away too much, I think it s safe to say there arestories to tell,questions that need to be answered, andproblems that need to be solved But I still haven t decided whether or not I ll continue the ride.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads In her own wallet she has two photographs of herself..It s the woman in the second photograph, the after image, taken maybe three years ago and thirty years after the first, who she recognises in the mirror today Sat alongside the first photo, it reminds her of some champion slimmer standing next to the cardboard cut out of their former self The contrast between the two Pattys, especially in the face, scares her a little showing how the acid of loss strips away the flesh, etches the lines In her own wallet she has two photographs of herself..It s the woman in the second photograph, the after image, taken maybe three years ago and thirty years after the first, who she recognises in the mirror today Sat alongside the first photo, it reminds her of some champion slimmer standing next to the cardboard cut out of their former self The contrast between the two Pattys, especially in the face, scares her a little showing how the acid of loss strips away the flesh, etches the lines of pain and rage into the body The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is the first book in the Dani Lancing series by British author, P.D.Viner In January, 1989, Durham University student, Dani Lancing was reported missing Some weeks later, her body was found the police report said she had been raped and murdered Over twenty years later, her case was still unsolved, and those close to her continued to grieve Patty Lancing has been obsessed with finding her daughter s killer since 1989 what would she do if she actually found him Jim Lancing has tried to get on with his life, but is haunted by the daughter he failed to protect from the monsters she feared at age five Detective Superintendent Tom Bevans has loved Dani since they were both little he now heads up a task force that hunts the perpetrators of sexually aggravated serial murders When modern technology raises the possibility of reopening Dani s case, reactions are mixed radical actions will be taken and tightly held secrets will be revealed The narrative is carried mainly by Tom, Jim and Patty, although other major players Marcus, Audrey and Duncan are occasionally given a voice, and Dani s ghost and her diary entries play a significant part The story switches between the events of 2010 and earlier times, but dates are clearly indicated, except where characters have flashbacks, so there is not really any ambiguity, and it serves Viner s slow reveal of the secrets his characters hold His characters are complex, multi faceted, and none is quite what they first appear to be Viner skilfully illustrates the effect of an unsolved crime of this nature on those left behind love, guilt, obsession and revenge all feature This brilliant first novel has an original plot with plenty of twists and a thrilling climax Readers who enjoy this novel will be pleased to learn that several associated free novellas and the second novel The Summer of Ghosts are already available for their reading pleasure A stunning debut By P.D VinerCrown Publishers Random House , 393 pgs978 0 8041 3682 2Submitted by Random HouseRating 2.5WARNING Spoiler alert Proceed at your own risk.I am flummoxed The Last Winter of Dani Lancing Great title Promising story Excellent pacing Good enough dialogue Unique characters who stay in character Evocative sense of place Firmly rooted in genre this is a first novel for the author and we can quibble over whether or not falling squarely into genre is a good thing, but let s not By P.D VinerCrown Publishers Random House , 393 pgs978 0 8041 3682 2Submitted by Random HouseRating 2.5WARNING Spoiler alert Proceed at your own risk.I am flummoxed The Last Winter of Dani Lancing Great title Promising story Excellent pacing Good enough dialogue Unique characters who stay in character Evocative sense of place Firmly rooted in genre this is a first novel for the author and we can quibble over whether or not falling squarely into genre is a good thing, but let s not Technical details indicate sufficient research on the part of Mr Viner Clues are offered and the foreshadowing often clever But I cannot for the life of me get it to come together The parts are greater than the whole.Dani elle is the daughter of Jim and Patty Lancing bright university student, track star, beautiful aren t they all , Daddy s little girl, contentious critic of a career centered mother, childhood love obsession of Tom Bevans who has become a police detective So far so good Additionally, Dani is in love with a married man twenty plus years her senior she is pregnant and then there s the raging heroin addiction, which inevitably means she ends up as some dealer s punch and turned out as entertainment for his friends and business associates Dani goes missing and her body is discovered three weeks later No arrests were ever made It is a cold case.As the story begins, Dani has been dead for twenty years and her ghost has been hanging out with her dad for the last twelve She showed up when Patty left Jim rather than grind him to a fine powder under the weight of her grief and guilt Detective Inspector Tom Bevans has gotten word that Dani s case will come up for review due to advances in DNA technology Samples were taken and have been preserved Much smaller amounts of DNA can now be reliably tested There is a DNA database that can be searched for a match You think this is good news, don t you Everyone in this story has an ulterior motive Remember that The downside of this development is that it could take another four years for this to happen because there are a LOT of cold cases So Patty hires a private expert, a former pathologist named Keyson who turns out to be a sociopath with personal and professional reasons to hate DI Bevans, to try to move things along.And move things along he does Right off a cliff.Remember what I told you to remember Everyone here has motives of their own No one is innocent, or even not guilty Due to the machinations deus ex machina of Dr Keyson and the fact that Patty has gone nuts, these ensue kidnapping, torture, assault and battery, murder, car crashes, tampering with evidence, an overdose of Ketamine, bribery, extortion, suicide, loan sharks, seizure disorders, breaking and entering, petty theft, racketeering, snow, foot chases, car chases, comas, chloroform, and acts of God Yep And all of it could have been avoided Do you know why all of these things happened Because of the trope of the good girl Whore or Madonna, make your choice and make it now because you cannot change your mind later and there is no allowance for individuality, complexity or ambiguity These things happened because a couple of men wanted so badly for the world to believe that Danielle Lancing had been a good girl that, in the final reckoning, they denied her any humanity They turned her into a doll The only saving grace for Dani is that she got to deliver the coup de grace at the end of the story Even if she was a ghost.I found it difficult to follow The Last Winter of Dani Lancing in the beginning the narrative jumps back and forth in time so often and it switches points of view constantly Your brain will try to impose order and I attempted to fight this, go with the flow, and trust the author Mistake My main problem with Dani Lancing is that the author seems to have thrown in a little something from every movie he s ever seen He is a film maker, after all, and an award winning one at that I was with him, willfully suspending incredulity, until about page 346 At that point the number of cliches reached critical mass and I buckled By page 360 it had become a cartoon Deep breath Which is not to say that Mr Viner doesn t have promise He does Please refer back to the first paragraph of this review So many individual elements that were sooo good They just never made a cohesive whole The author became overwhelmed with plot elements I will read his sopho effort, if there is one, and let you know if that incipient promise is realized This is an absorbing and creative psychological thriller for a debut novel Instantly, the book pulls you in with a rather peculiar beginning A distressed father talking to his daughter s ghost, Dani Lancing, who is there to keep eye out for him, a deranged Mother carelessly cutting up her kidnapped victim, and a cop, Tom, outside Dani house reminiscing what could have been The brutal killing of Dani Lancing 20 years ago has traumatized, altered and consumed the lives of the three people in a This is an absorbing and creative psychological thriller for a debut novel Instantly, the book pulls you in with a rather peculiar beginning A distressed father talking to his daughter s ghost, Dani Lancing, who is there to keep eye out for him, a deranged Mother carelessly cutting up her kidnapped victim, and a cop, Tom, outside Dani house reminiscing what could have been The brutal killing of Dani Lancing 20 years ago has traumatized, altered and consumed the lives of the three people in a such profound way that they were unable to move on Each went their own separate paths to protect, savor her memory and image, and seek revenge and justice in the only way they know how What happened to Dani Well the story is unraveled as the author flips back and forth in various times, all out of order which took a bit of getting use too but giving you snippet of the horrifying secrets, cover ups, betrayal, jealously surrounding Dani s death and long after I prepared to give the novel a high score of 5 stars but as I was getting toward the end, I felt there were too many coincidence private investigator and his connection to Tom for one , and the drama that unfolded with the chase, seem a bit overdramatic and far fetched However I was content, distraught and frightened with the conclusion answers to Dani.Slow gripping read Definitely an author I ll be keeping an eye on Read for litexp14 Thriller Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for my review copy Won through a goodreads giveaway The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is P.D Viner s enthralling debut effort featuring a cast of people I don t think I d want to be alone in a room with Not one I don t think there s one hero for me in this novel.From the beginning it s obvious there are some strange things going to happen in the The Last Winter of Dani Lancing because of her still seeming to be an alive and breathing character and the chapter heading saying it was December 2010 If I had not rea Won through a goodreads giveaway The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is P.D Viner s enthralling debut effort featuring a cast of people I don t think I d want to be alone in a room with Not one I don t think there s one hero for me in this novel.From the beginning it s obvious there are some strange things going to happen in the The Last Winter of Dani Lancing because of her still seeming to be an alive and breathing character and the chapter heading saying it was December 2010 If I had not read the book sleeve I would have assumed that Dani was still up and at em She s not up and at em She s very much so not up and at em.Jim Lancing, Patty Lancing, and Tom Bevans are all still engulfed in at least one state of mourning 20 years later since the death of Dani Lancing as if it has only happened 20 minutes earlier Jim, Dani s father, still walks around having conversations with her ghost Tom tries to move on but is unable to let the torch he s held for Dani go out He constantly compares every potential mate to her but they just don t fit the bill Patty is probably the worse off.News that many cold cases would be looked at because of breakthroughs in DNA testing is what really sets the ball rollingdown hill Tom, Dani s childhood love, mentions this to Patty, Dani s mother Patty, once a successful journalist, sees this as the break she needs The break from feeling so consumed with guilt that has cost her her job, her husband, and her sanity Tom, now a detective who investigates cases such as Dani s, is not even aware of the crazy he has unleashed Eventually, we learn all about the last winter of Dani Lancing.The Last Winter of Dani Lancing jumps from the past during the late 80s and the present 2010 in an nonsequential way that I found highly annoying at first I couldn t decipher the past Dani from the present Dani thanks to the father making this so torturous As pages flew by, I daresay I enjoyed this order because it allowed the layers to be peeled back slowly as most chapters ended with no closure or cliff hangers As mentioned earlier in this review, I would not want to be alone in a room with any of these characters Especially not Patty They are all proof of what guilt, lies, secrets, and grief can do to a person They all seem like former shells of themselves but there isn t enough information given about the people they used to be I guess that s the point with anyone who s ever been dealt a devastating loss and how that loss creates a new person who can never go back to being who they once were It may seem that there are fewgripes than one should have if rating a novel 4 stars My reason for such a high rating is because I couldn t help but be invested in the mystery of the last winter of Dani Lancing Even when I wanted to shake these characters from their fog, I remember how broken someone feels when they are dealing with the loss of someone at the eve of beginning their real adult life I felt sorry that these people were dealing with their grief so poorly and seemingly had no escape except for the truth of her death being revealed What a reveal This debut effort is deserving of its 4 star rating although I found so much fault in the characters and their inability to move on The Last Winter of Dani Lancing will appeal to fans of psychological thrillers I enjoyed reading this very much and hope Viner s next will be just as good The truth, no matter how ugly, needs to be told before any ghosts can be set free I fucked up and tried to listen to this again, not realizing I had already tried once that s what I get for not checking Goodreads and holy shit was my original assessment spot on This is still the most annoying audiobook I ve ever read.Decline to rate DNF 15%Throwing in the towel at two hours The audiobook is a total clusterfuck of noise breathing sounds, ghostly moans, high pitched piano notes, the most annoying male crying I ve heard, and a little girl or an adult actress doing a lit I fucked up and tried to listen to this again, not realizing I had already tried once that s what I get for not checking Goodreads and holy shit was my original assessment spot on This is still the most annoying audiobook I ve ever read.Decline to rate DNF 15%Throwing in the towel at two hours The audiobook is a total clusterfuck of noise breathing sounds, ghostly moans, high pitched piano notes, the most annoying male crying I ve heard, and a little girl or an adult actress doing a little girl s voice that causes my head to feel as if I ve just had several teeth pulled without the aid of anesthesia A lot of the time, these sounds effects overpower the narrative I became lostthan ten times while listening, and with a book that jumps around like this one does, that s absolutely unacceptable The sound engineer needs to take up knitting or torturing terrorists for the government ^Free Pdf ✗ The Last Winter of Dani Lancing ☛ A riveting psychological thriller in the tradition of Before I Go to Sleep and Memento that introduces P D Viner as a master of suspenseTwenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered The killer was never found, and the case has long gone cold Her parents, Patty and Jim, were utterly devastated, their marriage destroyed While Jim fell apart, Patty was consumed by the unsolved case She abandoned her journalism career and her marriage to spend every waking hour searching and plotting She keeps contact with Tom, Dani s childhood sweetheart, who has become a detective intent on solving murders like Dani s When he finds a lead that seems ironclad, he brings Patty in on it After years of dead ends, her obsession is rekindled, and she will do anything for revenge, even become a killer herself dragging her whole family into the nightmare once again, as lies and secrets are uncovered